Desperate Housewives (Comedy/Drama/Crime) [TV/Review]

8/10

Year: 2004-2012
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Crime
Source: Streaming on Viaplay (here in Sweden)

PLOT

Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their friend and neighbor who took her life by suicide in the pilot episode. The storyline covers fifteen years of the women’s lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2019 (the storyline includes a five-year jump in time, as well as flashbacks and flashforwards ranging from the 1980s to the 2020s). They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—on the surface—beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.

OPINION

So there’s a street called Wisteria Lane, in Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, and there lived 4 desperate housewives. One was a hot tempered Italian (Lynette), one was a Trump voting bible thumping stick up her ass housewife (Bree), the third a psychotic dipping her nose in everything that’s not her business (Susan) and should be euthanized for societies well being. Last but not least we have the whore (Gabrielle) who does everything for money, clothes and jewelry. She has an affair with a underage gardener, but have no problems telling other who have affairS that what they do is wrong.

With this said you probably think I hate this show … but quit the opposite, I really enjoy it for the most parts (although the Susanne character could be put to sleep). In real life, a person like Bree would be as far from me as possible, but I kind of love her. During the later seasons Renee moves into Wisteria Lane, and she’s another annoying as f**k character. Not funny at all and she has a disgusting egocentric personality.

I only wished they would have skipped the “now comes a funny moment circus music” more or less every time there’s a comedic scene coming up!

Another thing that’s kind of strange to me, is that most of the cast are great actors, but I don’t think I have seen anyone of them in anything after this show.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND

The storyline covers fifteen years of the women’s lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2019 (the storyline includes a five-year jump in time, as well as flashbacks and flashforwards ranging from the 1980s to the 2020s). They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—on the surface—beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.

Originally started off as a comedy pilot, and was rejected by every network, including Lifetime and HBO. ABC expressed an interest, and it was retooled to its current format of a dark comedy and drama.

Desperate Housewives was well received by viewers and critics alike. It won multiple Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. From the 2004–05 through the 2008–09 television seasons, its first five seasons were rated amongst the top ten most-watched series. In 2007, it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of approximately 120 million and was also reported as the third-most-watched television series in a study of ratings in twenty countries. In 2012, it remained the most-watched comedy series internationally based on data from Eurodata TV Worldwide, which measured ratings across five continents; it has held this position since 2006. Moreover, it was the third-highest revenue-earning series for 2010, with $2.74 million per half an hour. The show was ranked at number fifty-six on Entertainment Weekly‘s “New TV Classics” list.

SPOILER: Kathryn Joosten said in an interview that when Marc Cherry approached with the idea of having her character have cancer, she agreed, as long as the story was realistic, and not sweetened. She died of lung cancer twenty days after the airing of the series finale, in which her character, Karen McCluskey, died of brain cancer.

What have the actors done since this show, check it out here!

STREAM

I watched this streaming on a Swedish service called Viaplay..

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